Epistle: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Warning Against Idolatry: For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our
fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were
baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food,
and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that
followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was
not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil
as they did. Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people
sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual
immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We
must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents,
nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. Now these
things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our
instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore let anyone who
thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is
not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond
your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you
may be able to endure it.
P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.